My Approach to Helping
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I provide psychotherapy primarily to individuals and couples. I have in-depth training in relational therapy, as well as trauma and post-traumatic symptoms. I have worked extensively in GLBTQ communities, and with non-traditional couples and families.
I work with a wide range of clients. I treat adolescents and adults in individual, couples, or group sessions. My expertise is in working with people who have a history of traumatic or transitional experiences. I have also helped people struggling with identity-related issues, including those of gender, sexual orientation, class, and ethnicity. I tend to work from a depth-oriented model of treatment, meaning I work with the client to address underlying issues causing symptoms with the goal of creating long-term change and relief.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I seem to work well with people struggling with identity-related issues whether those be basic questions about self and purpose or making sense of sudden life changes. I find that working with the tension between internal feelings/experience and external pressures leads to an expansion of options about who we can be leading, as a result, to less stress and more pleasure.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
The most important factor by far in choosing a therapist is comfort with the clinician. While the therapist's training and philosophies of treatment are important, the combination of the individual people in the room determines how the therapy progresses and, in large part, the outcome. It is critical that a person seeking therapy trust their instincts and feelings when choosing a therapist to work with, and communicates thoughts and feelings about the relationship along the way.